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Lexington Habitat, Community Land Trust making homeownership reality in Davis Park


Hazel Lambert

Work on Hazel Lambert’s home in the former Davis Bottom neighborhood in Lexington begins Aug. 26


Hazel Lambert has lived in Lexington’s Davis Bottom neighborhood (now called Davis Park) for over seven decades. With the Newtown Pike extension project, however, staying in her current rental home long-term became impossible.

Now, Lambert not only has the opportunity to remain in her beloved neighborhood, she has the opportunity to become a homeowner.

The Lexington Community Land Trust, which was founded to preserve the tight-knit, low-income community, has partnered with Lexington Habitat for Humanity to build a home for Lambert using one of LCLT’s four home designs on LCLT-owned land. Lexington Habitat will manage the construction of the home, which will begin Aug. 26.

Lambert has been working toward her 250 Habitat-required “sweat equity hours” by attending Lexington Habitat partner family education classes and working in the Lexington Habitat ReStore. Many of her remaining hours will be earned helping build her home alongside community volunteers. The remainder of the first 16 Lexington CLT ownership homes in Davis Park will be built by local builders.

This pilot program becomes one of almost 50 partnerships forged between Community Land Trusts and Habitat for Humanity affiliates all over the country. The pilot program combines the strengths of both organizations: the permanently affordable homeownership of the Community Land Trust model and Habitat for Humanity’s ability to serve families with incomes less than 60 percent of the area median income.

With the success of this pilot program, the partnership between Lexington Community Land Trust and Lexington Habitat has the ability to bring more permanently affordable homes to those families who would not traditionally have access to homeownership.

“Hazel’s dream of homeownership would have been impossible without Habitat’s help, and we’re so excited to see what the future holds with this partnership pilot program,” said Barbara Navin, Executive Director of LCLT.

Rachel Childress, CEO at Lexington Habitat for Humanity, added, “At Lexington Habitat we work to accomplish our vision that everyone has a decent place to live through partnerships. Working with the Lexington Community Land Trust will ensure that Hazel has a decent home and will provide for many low-income families for years to come. We are very grateful.”

While this is the first time Lexington Habitat and Lexington Community Land Trust have partnered, the commitment to affordable housing is at the center of both organizations’ missions. Community Land Trust homeownership is designed so that Lambert will be able to leave her home to her children; however, if she or her children should decide to sell in the future, the next owners will purchase at an affordable price; so affordability continues, owner after owner.

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From Lexington Habitat

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